Adult Reference Services

Art Displays

If you would like to exhibit your artwork or collectibles at the library, please contact Dale Bliex at 1 (631) 665-4350.

Book donations are accepted periodically, and are sold or used as the Library sees fit. Please call ahead at 1 (631) 665-4350 to confirm.

Book Drop

There is a drive-up book drop available to return books 24/7. A separate drop for DVDs and CDs is also available.

Books for Sale

Browse through donated and withdrawn books at our ongoing book sale located on the tables outside of the meeting rooms.

Copiers & Fax Machine

Copiers are located in the front lobby and on the second floor near the reference desk. Copies are 10¢ per page. The machine takes coins and/or bills.

A fax machine is located at the Circulation Desk in the front lobby. For domestic faxes: the first page is $1.50 and each additional page is $1.00. Please note that payment must be made in cash; we do not accept credit/debit cards at this time. We also cannot accept incoming faxes with this service on your behalf or otherwise.

Computers, Printers & Scanner

Internet computers are located on the second floor of the library, near the John E. Clark Jr. Reading Room. The machines offer access to word processing & spreadsheet programs, as well as numerous online research databases.

Printouts are 10¢ per page for B&W and 25¢ per page for color. We offer printing from both the Library’s computers and patrons’ devices; see the Wireless Internet & Printing section to learn more about printing from your own device.

A scanner is available for free public use. Pages can be scanned and saved to a USB drive, or sent to an email address. The scanner is on the second floor near the Internet computers.

Electronic Resources

The library offers several databases that are accessible from our Exclusive Digital Resources page. You must login with your library card to access these resources. Library-exclusive resources include:

  • All Data Auto Repair
  • Ancestry (In library use only)
  • Atomic Training
  • Freegal Music
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
  • New York State Medical Directory
  • OneClickdigital
  • Opposing Viewpoints
  • ReferenceUSA
  • WestlawNext
  • World Book Online
  • Zinio

Additional databases are accessible from all computers through Live-brary. Live-brary is the digital branch of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, offering “one-stop shopping” for Suffolk county library card holders. Research databases cover a wide range of topics from the arts, history, law, car repair, product reviews, encyclopedias, health, medicine, careers, science, travel, and more!

Email Station

An email station is located in the front lobby for Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library patrons who want to quickly check their email.

Library Cards

Residents who reside in the Bay Shore School district are eligible to apply for a library card. Library cards are valid for three years. The patron must be present at the time the card is issued. If you are from any other library in Suffolk County you may check out material, but with restrictions. Additional details and residency requirements can be viewed here.

Meeting Room Reservations

Meeting rooms are available as detailed in our Rules Governing Public Use of Library Facilities policy. To reserve a meeting room at the library, please call the library at 1 (631) 665-4350 and ask for Dale Bliex.

Museum Passes

Our Museum Pass Program offers free passes to the following museums:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Children’s Museum of the East End
  • Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • The Long Island Children’s Museum
  • The Long Island Science Center
  • Parrish Art Museum
  • Sagtikos Manor

Please see the Library’s Museum Pass Program Policy and Museum Pass Program User Agreement regarding guidelines for reserving a pass. Reservations can be taken in person or over the phone in advance of the date you wish to attend. Please call the Library at 1 (631) 665-4350 for further information and reservations.

Notary Public Services

Notary Public Services are offered free of charge. Please call 1 (631) 665-4350 to be sure a Notary is available.

Outreach Services

Homebound Services Delivery services are available to patrons who are unable to visit the library due to a temporary or permanent illness or disability, or for individuals who are frail and elderly and don’t have transportation. All library materials are made available to homebound patrons including large and regular print books, DVDs (movies or educational), books on CD, and magazines. Library materials are delivered free of charge. Please call 1 (631) 665-4350 and ask for Dale Bliex to arrange for a consultation. Talking Books Services The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Services are available to visually impaired patrons. This is a free library service for individuals who cannot hold, handle or see well enough to use regular print books. The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library lends professionally recorded books and magazines (and the special equipment needed to play them) to eligible residents on Long Island. Materials are sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail. Please contact the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library directly for further information or to apply.

Proctoring Exams

Contact the Reference Department at 1 (631) 665-4350 to schedule an appointment.

Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) & Printing Information

Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the building. Simply connect to our network (“BSBW Wireless”), then open your browser and accept our usage policy to gain access.

We also offer patrons the ability to print through our Wi-Fi – Windows users please click here for the necessary printer drivers and information. If you are using a Mac, click here instead; lastly, users of Linux and other Unix-based systems should click here. Note: the preceding links are only useful if you are at the Library and connected to “BSBW Wireless.”

Our New Remote Printing Service

On a somewhat experimental basis, we are now offering a service that allows patrons to send print jobs to our printers from mobile devices (including ChromeBooks) as well as home computers; please see our Mobile & Remote Printing Support page for complete details.